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How to Attach a Bolex Matte Box?


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#1 Shawn Gallagher

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 03:55 PM

Hi Everyone,

Here's a really dumb question for you, I have a flat base Bolex, a matte box mount and a matte box, but I can't figure out how to get the metal framed black vinyl piece off of the front of the flat base. (I assume that under this metal piece are the two screw holes for the matte box mount, but for the life of me I can't get the black vinyl piece off!)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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#2 Tim Carroll

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 05:45 PM

Hi Everyone,

Here's a really dumb question for you, I have a flat base Bolex, a matte box mount and a matte box, but I can't figure out how to get the metal framed black vinyl piece off of the front of the flat base. (I assume that under this metal piece are the two screw holes for the matte box mount, but for the life of me I can't get the black vinyl piece off!)

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


If memory serves, and I could definitely be wrong on this, but I recall the leatherette vinyl pealing back to expose the screws underneath, then taking the screws out which frees you up to install your matte box rods. That is my recollection, but again, I may be mistaken on that.

-Tim
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#3 Herb Montes

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Posted 06 March 2006 - 06:09 PM

You're right Tim, it does peel off. Usually the edge of a pen knife will do it.

Edited by Herb Montes, 06 March 2006 - 06:10 PM.

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#4 Boris Belay

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 01:55 PM

Yes, that is the way to do it. The leatherette is strong enough that it shouldn't tear and you can glue it back later if necessary.
Also, you need to remove the metalic piece held by those two screws : it's just for decoration. And the matte-box mount should have its own longer screws (black).
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#5 Shawn Gallagher

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Posted 10 March 2006 - 11:55 AM

Thanks Guys!
I had a feeling that was what I had to do, but it seemed an uncharacteristically messy procedure for a Bolex.
Thanks again for your expert advice.
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